Employee & Labour Relations

About Employee and Labour Relations at RRU

RRU wants to ensure the university community is informed about our employee and labour relations processes. This includes communication and updates about matters and processes between the university and its bargaining units. This also includes information and updates on non-union employee relations matters.

Please visit this site for RRU employee and labour relations updates.

Collective Agreements

Collective Agreements

Our Unions

The University has two bargaining Units: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3886) and Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA)

Collective Bargaining

Universities and colleges across Canada have collective agreements with their faculty and staff and negotiations to renew collective agreements, or collective bargaining, are a part of the life cycle of collective agreements. 
RRU is committed to integrity in all our labour relations. Fair and competitive terms and conditions of employment for our faculty and staff are foundational to our ability to deliver on our mission of excellence in teaching and learning, service and research and fostering student success.

2019 Royal Roads - CUPE bargaining Updates

July 11, 2019 -Royal Roads and CUPE Local 3886 concluded their seventh day of negotiations for the renewal of the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement. Talks began on May 15, 2019. CUPE represents Royal Roads employees working in grounds and gardens, plant operations, maintenance, production, and custodial and housekeeping services.

Talks to date have been beneficial and the parties have come to agreement on a number of Articles that had been opened for negotiation.  Currently no upcoming dates have been scheduled for further talks, but the University anticipates that the parties will return to the table in September. 

The University is negotiating with CUPE under the BC government’s three-year fixed 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. 

May 15, 2019 - This week Royal Roads and CUPE Local 3886 commenced negotiations for the renewal of the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement. CUPE represents Royal Roads employees working in grounds and gardens, plant operations, maintenance, production, and custodial and housekeeping services.  The parties have scheduled meetings throughout the months of May and June, with additional dates to follow if required. The University will be negotiating with CUPE under the BC government’s three-year fixed 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. 

2019 Royal Roads - RRUFA bargaining Updates

July 11, 2019 – Today Royal Roads and the Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA) concluded their ninth day of negotiations for the renewal of the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement. Talks began on June 4, 2019.

Talks to date have been beneficial and the parties have come to agreement on a number of Articles that had been opened for negotiation.  Further talks are scheduled throughout July and late August, and the University looks forward to continued progress between the parties.

The University is negotiating with RRUFA under the BC government’s three-year fixed 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. 

May 15, 2019 - Royal Roads is looking towards the commencement of collective bargaining with the Royal Roads University Faculty Association which is anticipated to begin in June.  The University will be negotiating with RRUFA under the BC government’s three-year fixed 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. 

BC Government Mandate 

The BC government has developed a three year fixed ‘2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate’ which applies to all public sector employers with unionized employees whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2018.

  • The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate is about improving the delivery of services for people in B.C., and balancing the need for fair and reasonable wage increases with outcomes that are affordable and managed within the fiscal plan.
  • The Mandate is designed to support government’s core priorities and enhance and modernize the delivery of services that British Columbians rely on. 
  • It ensures the fiscal sustainability of our province while providing fair compensation.

For more information on the Public Sector Bargaining Mandates & Agreements an in particular the 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate see the government web page at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employers/public-sector-employers/public-sector-bargaining/mandates-and-agreements

Facts and Figures at October 2018

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3886) 
    • 4 year collective agreement for staff expires May 31, 2019. As per their collective agreement CUPE 3886 will be in a position to file Notice to Bargain between February 1, 2019 (4 months immediately preceding the expiry date) and March 2, 2019.
    • Certified in 1996 to represent staff members in service roles such as Grounds and Gardens, Maintenance, Production and Custodial/Housekeeping.
    • # of FTEs: 55.3 with 67 employees (headcount)
    • Average years of service: 6.24
    • % of female employees: 31.8%
    • Average age: 49.8 with more than 45% over 55 (31/67)
    • Total annual base salaries - 2,498,335 and Total annual compensation - 3,139,836
  • Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA) 
    • 4 year collective agreement expires March 31 2019. Anticipate a start early in the New Year.
    • Constituted in 2006 to represent Faculty Members
    • # of FTEs: 73.44 with 75 employees (headcount)
    • Average years of service: 7.75
    • % of female employees: 54.5%
    • Average age: 52.5 with 42% over age 55 and 13 over 65 
    • Total annual base salaries: $8,016,440 and Total annual total compensation: $9,511,793

Terms and Conditions for Exempt Support Staff, Management Excluded and Non-Union staff

Policies and Procedures

Exempt Compensation Plan

Benefits

Performance Development and Planning